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Community Windpower continues to support schools in East Lothian

Covid-19 fund East Lothian

With Covid-19 restrictions preventing schools from returning to normality when pupils went back in August last year, teachers have had to adjust the learning environment.

Knox Academy in Haddington reviewed its outside space and identified a large internal courtyard, and areas of hard paving that could offer both lessons and a place for children to spend breaks and lunch.

Unfortunately, the space didn’t have any existing seating or tables and the school had no extra budget to purchase further furniture.

It meant the East Lothian academy had to seek funding to help it buy the outdoor tables and chairs, to help it follow Covid-19 School Guidelines and to maximise the use of outdoor spaces for learning.

The academy then turned to Community Windpower and BeGreen’s joint Covid-19 crisis fund for help.

The grant application for £3,938 was quickly approved and the school was able to purchase the equipment required to use the space as an extra resource.

The new equipment will enable all classes to use the outdoor area, but particularly classes that require pupils with wheelchairs to access the new learning environment.

In addition, the area will be used at break and lunchtime by all students, to enable them to have fresh air and help improve their health and wellbeing.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates the Aikengall Community Wind Farms in East Lothian, said: “When Knox Academy approached our Covid-19 crisis fund for help and explained what they wanted to do, we didn’t hesitate approving the grant because it’s important we support all members of our communities during this Covid-19 pandemic.

“Outdoor space can have a positive impact on children’s health and wellbeing, but this can only help if they have access to appropriate equipment to be able to relax and also learn in a stimulating learning environment.

“We hope both the students and teachers are able to enjoy the additional benefit for the school and we look forward to seeing the new look space.”

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